Larry Stabbins

A jazz saxophonist with a bent toward progressive jazz, avant-garde music and soul, Larry Stabbins was born in Bristol, England, in 1949. He began playing saxophone at age 11 and by his teens had already begun performing in various R&B-influenced bands including working with pianist Keith Tippett with whom he has remained a creative partner over the years. In the '70s, Stabbins worked with a variety of musicians including drummer John Stevens (in whose Ealing improvisation workshop he was a member), drummer's Roy Ashbury and Tony Oxley and others. In the '80s, Stabbins was a member of saxophonist Peter Brotzman's Alarm Orchestra and Marz Combo as well as saxophonist Trevor Watt's Moire Music. He was also a member of the indie-pop ensemble Weekend alongside guitarist Simon Booth with whom he later formed the eclectic Latin/soul/dance-influenced group Working Week. An artist with wide-ranging interests, Stabbins spent some time away from performing while studying philosophy at Kings College London. He returned to music in the late '90s, once again with Tippett and his Tapestry ensemble as well as a re-formed Working Week. He released the album Four in the Afternoon in 2002 with pianist Howard Riley, bassist Tony Wren, drummer Mark Sanders. Stabbins followed that album up with the solo effort Mondiac in 2003. ~ Matt Collar

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